World News – CA – El Paso officials ask residents to stay home for two weeks as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase


“Of course we encourage everyone to go and vote,” said Angela Mora, director of the El Paso public health department.

by Cassandra Pollock and Julián Aguilar

Oct 25, 20201 hours ago

As El Paso continues to deal with an outbreak of coronavirus cases, health officials in the border town on Sunday asked residents to stay at home for the next two weeks in a bid to stop the spread of the virus

« With hospitalizations soaring, we need the public to understand the pressure our health services and local hospitals are currently under, » Angela Mora, director of the El Paso public health service, said in a statement. Press release

In recent weeks, the city has seen a record number of coronavirus cases COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the region have risen from 259 to 786 in less than three weeks – a 300% increase – said Mora in press release In the past 14 days, El Paso County has recorded more than 10,800 cases, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services

City officials’ Sunday stay-at-home demand came nine days before polling day and El Paso follows a trend of record turnout statewide in early voting

« Of course we encourage everyone to go and vote, » Mora said during a virtual media availability with reporters on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the presidential race, El Paso voters decide to fire Mayor Dee Margo, a former Republican state official who, in addition to the pandemic, oversaw the city’s response to mayor and the response to the migrant border crisis and the filming of Walmart 2019 A suspected white supremacist has been charged with the murder of 23 people

Margo faces the challenge of her predecessor, Oscar Leeser, and two El Paso residents who are seen as representative of the more progressive faction of city politics, lawyer Veronica Carbajal and former town planner Carlos Gallinar Two other candidates are also in the race

Mora said during media availability that a health education task force had been deployed to polling sites in the region « just to remind the community what to do to stay in safety ”, such as wearing a mask and disinfecting your hands

Sunday’s announcement also follows a recent decision by the El Paso ISD board of directors to expand virtual learning As of Sunday, some students are expected to resume in-person learning on November 6

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COVID trends in El Paso prompted officials earlier this month to increase restrictions for restaurants and some businesses, which included cutting non-essential businesses to 50% capacity and limiting gatherings in the open air to 10 people or less

Gov Greg Abbott’s office has also deployed medical staff and supplies to the area in recent days on Sunday, Abbott’s office announced the state will be establishing another care site at the Arts Center this week and El Paso Conventions to provide additional hospital beds and medical equipment Later Sunday, Abbott’s office said the US Department of Health and Human Services planned to send medical assistance teams to the area this week

In response to the increase in the number of cases, hospitals in the region announced on Saturday that they were preparing to airlift patients to other hospitals to free up bed space at their facility , local media reported

Margo and Abbott have also said in recent days that they have asked the Department of Defense to use the William Beaumont Army Medical Center to serve non-COVID patients at their facility El Paso is home to the Fort Bliss military base

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